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Sun-Earth Day Presents: Eclipse, In a Different Light

Local Happenings: Pacific Region



ImaginariumMarch - April

We will hold an Equinox special event in March before the eclipse where we will spend some time talking about the upcoming eclipse. We have a space science room in our museum we call the Galaxy Room. For up to a week following the eclipse, we would like to show recorded footage of it on a big screen as a temporary exhibit.



Chabot Space and Science Center March 29

Total Solar Eclipse

Tickets: $8 adult/$5 youth

Stay up late on the 28th or get up early on the 29th and view a live Webcast of the total solar eclipse, broadcast from Turkey. Hear a guest speaker talk about eclipses and provide commentary on the eclipse happening in Turkey.

Rancho Palos Verdes

Voyager/Ulysses Project March 8 & 20

Students from Bradoaks Elementary, Monrovia and Eliot Middle School. Altadena will have an opportunity to hear all about the Sun and View images from a solar imager from Dr. Paulett Liewer. We will tape the total solar eclipse and show it after the presentation so that Dr. Liewer may address any questions. The students will also have an opportunity to view the Sun safely through telescopes on the JPL Mall at the end of the presentations.
  • March 8th - Ulysses Operations Team member visit BradOaks Elementary for SEC presentation and classroom activities.
  • March 20th - Voyager Operations Team members visit Eliot Middle school for SEC presentation and classroom activities.

So. Bay Astronomical SocietySunday March 5, 9am - 1pm

The "Sun Day" event will happen at a local shopping center in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes Ca. 90275. We will have scopes equipped with both white and H alpha filters for viewing sun spots and prominences (if any). In addition, we have a display of "Our Dynamic Sun" at the shopping center and the local library.

San Francisco

Exploratorium March 28

Overnight Eclipse Viewing

Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Last admission at 11:30 p.m.

Live program from Side, Turkey, begins at 2:00 a.m.

The museum will close on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 a.m.

Bring your sleeping bags and snacks. The Exploratorium will provide the coffee, while it lasts.

We will be open all night and invite you to watch one of the most spectacular of all celestial events. A total solar eclipse will occur as the moon moves directly between the earth and the sun. The moon's shadow will fall on the earth, first darkening the eastern tip of Brazil, then moving across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa and into Turkey, where an Exploratorium team will be waiting in a second-century Roman outdoor theater. Inside the museum, roving astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. Do hands-on science and astronomy activities; experience traditional Turkish dancers and music, and take part in traditional Turkish crafts such as mosaics, calligraphy, and paper marbling. In addition, there will be Brazilian capoeira dancing and music, and African mask and puppet making. A game room will feature games from the path of totality, including backgammon, the national game of Turkey. For information and reservations, please call 415/561-0308.

Tickets for the event are $15.00 for adults (18-64), $12.00 for seniors and students (13+), and $ 10.00 for ages 4 through 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Tickets for Members are only $8.00 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door until 11:30 p.m. No admission after 11:30 p.m.



University of Hawaii at HiloMarch 28

"Midnight Solar Eclipse Party!" at University of Hawaii at Hilo UCB 100, 10 pm - 1 am. Come celebrate Sun-Earth day by viewing a total eclipse of the sun at night! Through the miracle of the world-wide web, we shall make the sun shine at midnight... and then let the moon cover it up! Sponsored by the UHH Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University Astrophysics Club and the UH Institute for Astronomy.


Bishop MuseumMarch 11

Bishop Museum’s MAD ABOUT SCIENCE Festival

March 11, 2006 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bishop Museum continues to bring the fun out of the facts and mysteries of science with the 2nd annual Mad About Science Festival. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and entertaining shows, children of all ages will learn more about the world of geology, archeology, biology, botany, ecology, and more. The Mad About Science Festival will also take a special look at the environment and wildlife of Hawai‘i, through special activity booths featuring the Waikiki Aquarium, Board of Water Supply and more. This year will be the first with the new Science Adventure Center open, offering another venue for cool scientific discovery. Plus, it will be open to 9 p.m. allowing guests the chance to see the beautiful evening eruptions of the 26 ft. tall volcano. Enjoy special planetarium and StarLab shows. Interact with real scientist through free behind-the-scenes tours of the Natural Science Collections.

All of the Museum galleries are open, including the “Sesame Street Presents: THE BODY” and "Ho‘ohuli, To Turn Around" exhibits. The museum will also debut the new Science On A Sphere exhibit. Suspended from a custom-made aluminum structure, a 68-inch, 200 lbs. White fiberglass sphere serves as a 3-D movie screen to display full color animated images from satellites and other sources of geophysical and astronomical data. The Science On A Sphere will debut with special data sets projecting vivid images of Earth, the Moon, Venus and Mars, allowing visitors to see these planets like never before.

Admission is just $3 for local residents and military. Bishop Museum members and children 3 and under are free. The 2nd Annual Mad About Science Festival is made possible with the support of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and KSSK. Science on a Sphere is made possible with the support of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Call 847-3511 or visit for more information.


Space Grant/ERCEarly March

A workshop designed for teachers solar ambassadors and informal ed people from Washington Space Grant/ERC for Sun-Earth Day Eclipse: In a Different Light.
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